Baton Rouge to load lub oil and derivatives was an occasional Bank Line routine. Usually there was little time for shore excursions, but the charm of this old world capitol made it memorable. First came the very long winding journey up the mighty Mississippi, 135 miles past New Orleans, a total of 231 miles from the entrance in the Guf of Mexico.
The SOUTHBANK made a memorable visit
The Delta (bird’s foot) entrance to the Mississippi – The SW pass bottom left.
To move goods up and down the Mississippi, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot shipping channel from Baton Rouge, LA to Minneapolis, MN. From Baton Rouge past New Orleans to Head of Passes, a 45 foot channel is maintained to allow ocean-going vessels access to ports between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
See the book, ” Voyaging with Icons” for accounts of life in the 1950’s Bank Line